Star-Formation rates of galaxies

Biographie

Andreas Zezas est Professeur à l’Université de Crète. Il travaille sur les émissions de rayons X des galaxies.

Véronique Buat est Professeur au Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille et est membre sénior de l’IUF, Institut Universitaire de France. Spécialiste en astrophysique extragalactique, ses recherches sont consacrées à l’étude de l’évolution des galaxies à partir de l’exploitation de données obtenues à partir de télescopes embarqués sur des satellites spatiaux1

Résumé

Star-formation is one of the key processes that shape the current state and evolution of galaxies. This volume provides a comprehensive presentation of the different methods used to measure the intensity of recent or on-going star-forming activity in galaxies, discussing their advantages and complications in detail. It includes a thorough overview of the theoretical underpinnings of star-formation rate indicators, including topics such as stellar evolution and stellar spectra, the stellar initial mass function, and the physical conditions in the interstellar medium. The authors bring together in one place detailed and comparative discussions of traditional and new star-formation rate indicators, star-formation rate measurements in different spatial scales, and comparisons of star-formation rate indicators probing different stellar populations, along with the corresponding theoretical background. This is a useful reference for students and researchers working in the field of extragalactic astrophysics and studying star-formation in local and higher-redshift galaxies.